The sketches that birthed the 1199

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Penned by Giandrea Fabbro, also responsible for the 1098 and Multistrada 1200, these sketches reveal the process behind the Ducati 1199 Panigale’s design. If you haven’t yet seen the bike in person, it’s a radical twist on the sportsbike theme. The diminutive size — think 250GP bike — accentuates the organic lines, at once evoking the classic proportions of the 916 while taking a big step into the future.

The self-supporting tail bolts to the front subframe and rear cylinder.

The horizontal, side-mount shock requires a sophisticated linkage to direct swingarm forces through it.

The front subframe connects the front cylinder to the steering head, doubling as the airbox.

There’s 18 sketches in this gallery.

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

    Beautiful sketches. You can really see where the “lines” (both literally and figuratively) stay parallel and where they converge — in the emphasis of his penstrokes. It’s a chance to see with his eyes.

  • the_doctor

    Artsy. I do look forward to seeing one in person. When are they supposed to hit showrooms?

  • michael uhlarik

    Hey Gianni

    Can’t you keep the colour inside the lines?

    Kidding. Thanks HFL/Ducati Holdings for showing/releasing these. For obvious reasons, I like design development drawings. I also think the public ought to see how these things we ride get made.

  • Xenophya

    I love/hate seeing other people’s design sketches, schoolboy excitement combined with despair that I didn’t do it!!!

    • zipp4

      I’ve seen your work, you’ve got nothing to worry about!

  • Chris Davis

    I actually prefer the comp in pic #11 to the real deal. Though I’m not sure how practical it is, the shifter poking through a window in the lower fairing is cool if fragile and scuff-prone. They had a number of great options to choose from. I’ve always appreciated Ducati’s attention to detail for utilitarian parts that other brands pay zero attention to. The kickastand, she must be sexy, no?

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  • Scott-jay

    Picture #8,suspension linkage, why are fasteners “radial”?
    Is this same use of radial as at brake calipers?
    [edit feature crashed page, repeatedly]